In 1988 work began on the Canary Wharf Development. The intention was to create an outlying extension of the City of London. Taking advantage of the area’s designation as an enterprise zone, Canary Wharf was to be exclusively a business district.
Since then, the imperatives of development have altered. No longer is it enough just to crowd together blocks of offices. Questions are being asked as the nature of modern development changes.
What kind of atmosphere does the development have? Are there open spaces and greenery to encourage wellbeing?
Is the development encouraging nature – or art?
And does it attract visitors and sightseers – and residents?
Moreover, what about the remnants of the West India Docks? This dock complex started London on the way to becoming the greatest port in the world in less than a century.
This tour explores the flagship development in the regeneration of London’s redundant Dockland area. Art and nature, retail and residential – all have become a part of the mix. The changing requirements of modern development are making a changeling of Canary Wharf.
Once One Canada Square raised its shining steel presence over the East End as a beacon of the future. Now Canary Wharf is changing to match the demands that very future is making.
If you like this …
The story of the West India Docks features on my tour To Blackwall and Beyond
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Details – The Changeling Canary Wharf
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MEET: At the exit for West India Dock Road, Westferry DLR Station
Duration: Two hours (approximately)
Finish: at the Museum of London, Docklands, by West India Quay DLR Station
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